If you've looked over quite a few of my trip reports, you probably have come to realize that the Owlshead Mountains are one of my favorite mountain ranges in Death Valley. There are many reasons that this is the case. To list a few of them -- (1) The isolation and solitude found in the Owlsheads is unparalleled in the park. Despite spending 21 days of time (as of 2019) hiking in the Owlsheads throughout my lifetime trips to Death Valley, I've never encountered another hiker. This peaceful solitude is especially evident when you backpack in and camp overnight. (2) The scenery of the Owlsheads is completely different than everything else in the park. Places like the desolate dry lakes Owl, Lost, and Wingate, and the canyons made up of decomposed granite, cannot be found anywhere else in the park, at least not on the same scale. (3) The canyons are fun and interesting. There are wide open spacious canyons and there are narrow canyons. With many of the canyons being officially unnamed, there is a lot to explore and discover. Inside the canyons, there are fun climbs, massive house-sized boulders resting in the wash, and wildlife such as Kit foxes, tarantulas, desert tortoises, and wild burros. To top everything off, almost all of the Owlshead canyons can be loop hiked, meaning that you get to see two canyons during a hike instead of just one. (4) The views from the two highest peaks in the Owlshead Mountains are incredible. The two highest peaks are Owl BM (4,666 feet) and Owlhead BM (4,408 feet) and it is well worth the effort to reach the summit of both, although attempting Owl BM is a lot easier. (5) The Owlsheads are more accessible than most people realize. While most people are scared off because the Owlsheads seem so far away from Furnace Creek and Stovepipe Wells, the fact is that you can begin a hike to Talc Canyon without taking your car off of pavement and by only driving one hour south of Furnace Creek. To visit more of the canyons other than Talc, Owlshead, Slickenside, or Wingate, you will need to drive farther south on Harry Wade Road, and the road conditions will vary. But we have never had any problems driving down the Harry Wade Road without 4WD, with the exception of one time when we almost got stuck in sand blowing across the road during a severe windstorm. To further develop interest in and appreciation for the Owlshead Mountains, I am publishing this special report on some of the most interesting locations. I'm going to share with you below details about my personal favorite sights in the Owlshead Mountains. Before sharing with you my Top 17 Owlshead Highlights, please note that at the button link above, you will find a topographical map which shows all of the informally and officially named canyons in the Owlshead Mountains. Only five canyons are officially named -- Talc, Owlshead, Contact, Granite, and Through. The rest of the canyons were assigned informal names based on what is found in them by myself, NPS staff members, and other hikers.